March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

The last of 4 skydivers coming in for a landing at the annual Memorial Day event held at Arcadia Park on Saturday.

The event, "Remembering Our Veterans And Their Families: Past, Present And Future", is hosted by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 Immaculate Conception Memorial Weekend Fiesta

The annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta is going on now at Immaculate Conception Church - 740 S. Shamrock Avenue, Monrovia.

Friday 5/25/12 from 6pm to 11pm.
Saturday 5/26/12 from 1pm to 11pm.
Sunday 5/27/12 from 1pm to 11pm.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Tommy" - 1917 Seagrave Fire Engine

Monrovia's first fire engine - a brief history on Monrovia Patch.

T-shirts are available (see bottom photo) at the fire station with proceeds going to restoration of the fire engine.  I'm sure they'll also be happy to accept donations towards the restoration.

The t-shirt available to support restoration of "Tommy".  I've heard that there may be an additional version of the t-shirt available.  Pick one (or more) up, it's for a good cause.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

2012 Monrovia Day Parade

Just a few photos from the parade this year...

Charles Lakes.  First Black-American Olympic gymnast.

Guide Dogs of America.

Monrovia High School Marching Band.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Fountain To The Falls Race

The start of the race.  Some of the top finishers are right up there at the front.

Special thanks to Dan "Photobomb" Bell for walking in front of everyone at the last second.

The winner of the race, and setting a new course record, is Thomas Crawford.

The top female finisher is Katelyn Breitschwerdt.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Roof For Immaculate Conception Church

Most of the old roof has been removed, and that's a steep roof.  You wouldn't catch me up there.

Some history and more info in this Monrovia Patch blog post.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Spotted this bear on the debris basin side of the fence on the road up to Monrovia Canyon Park.  It wasn't big enough to be the Mama Bear and it was alone.  Mama may have decided it was time for the young male to be on his own.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Painted Utility Box - Huntington at Mayflower

Another newly painted utility box has appeared at the corner of Huntington Drive and Mayflower Avenue.  Right outside the new Sherwin-Williams Paints store.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Volunteer Center Pie Contest May 10, 2012

Peach Cafe

From the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley press release:

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, The Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley will be hosting it’s first ever PIE CONTEST!  
 This fun and tasty event is an effort to raise awareness about the Volunteer Center, and to bring attention to women and children in shelter programs, seeking safety from domestic violence in their homes.  It takes an average of seven attempts to leave a batterer before an abused woman leaves for good.  Separating from a batterer can often be the most dangerous point in a battered woman’s life. 
  The Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley would like to honor these brave women in shelter programs on Mother’s Day by presenting them with delicious homemade pies donated for the Pie Contest.  Contestants will bake a pie for judging in the contest, and will also donate a pie to battered women’s shelters for Mother’s Day.  We will award three contestants with ribbons and prizes at the event.  The contest will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at The Peach Cafe in Monrovia, CA.  The entry fee is $10 for one pie entered, or $15 for no limit of pies entered.  Entry forms must be returned to the Volunteer Center before or on the day of the event.  Please contact the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley for contest rules and registration.  
We hope you can join us at this exciting event and enter your amazing home-baked pie, or support us by volunteering, donating a pie, cheering on the contestants, or just stop by and taste some yummy pie!  Your participation will contribute to a fun and exciting experience for all, and will help get people inspired to volunteer in their community as well.

For more info, call the Volunteer Center at (626) 256-8187.  The local office of the Volunteer Center is right here in town at the Community Center and their website is:

The Peach Cafe, where the contest will be held, is pictured above and is located at 141 E. Colorado Blvd. in Monrovia.

Click below for the pie contest flyer and entry form:
Pie contest flyer

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Monrovia Yogurtland Now Open!

104 S. Myrtle Avenue - just south of Foothill Blvd.  Lots of parking in the back.

Yogurtland website:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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